Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Preschool Orientation

Tonight we took Austin to his preschool orientation night. He's attending a preschool run by a local church. Being that it is run by a church, part of the curriculum includes religion. We were pretty great about getting our kids to church when they were younger (and yes, I know that's not saying much since the oldest is only 4), but this last year we didn't get there quite as often as we planned. Thus, Austin's knowledge of Jesus and the rest of the gang is pretty minimal. Tonight we learned that this might hamper his enjoyment of preschool a little bit.

In the gym, where he was running around, they have a stained glass window of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus doesn't look happy. Austin stopped running around to ask who that was (pointing at Jesus). Slightly ashamed of ourselves that our child didn't know, we told him it was Jesus. Austin said "He looks sad." Since I know slightly more than Austin, I let Rob take it from there:

R: He is sad.
A: What's he doing?
R: He's talking to his dad
A: Why?......I don't like that.......he's scary.

Then we changed subjects and talked about something else. That didn't last though. That's when I took over the religion lesson. This is the only preschool in the area that had openings and I'll be darned if he is going to dread going there because of a sad picture of Jesus on the window.

A: I really don't like that (pointing to Jesus again)
T: Don't worry. He's fine. He's just thinking about something really hard.
A: What's he thinking about?
T: Lunch. He's wondering what he is going to have for lunch and he is thinking so hard, he looks sad.
A: Oh. What's he going to have?
R: Chicken nuggets. I hear he really likes chicken nuggets

Then he ran around some more.

A: You know...I think he's thinking about having french fries too.

I'm positive this is going to come back to haunt us later in the year when he boldly confronts the Pastor to explain that Jesus isn't really sad about what's to come, he's just really hungry and thinking about a nice plate of chicken nuggets and french fries.

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